06 septembre 2018

Copyright and Digital Media in a Post-Napster World

Copyright and Digital Media in a Post-Napster World
This paper on copyright in the digital age takes on a relentlessly legalistic point of view, perhaps understandable given its source, but quite dissatisfying to the reader. It's a good overview of the legal opinions in the United States regarding copyright, but the paper has an unfortunate tendency to convert legal opinion into fact - for example, the declaration of a U.S. court that Kaaza falls under its jurisdiction does not make it so, nor does the declaration that 'shrink wrap licenses' are enforcable mean that people have somehow "agreed" to thereby waive their right of fair use. More...

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Gentoo Package Accused of Violating DMCA

Gentoo Package Accused of Violating DMCA
Before demanding that service providers "remove or disable access" to internet accounts, publishers should actually determine whether a file such as INFMapPacks123FULL-MAN.zip is an unauthorized copy of PacMan or whether it is (as it is in this case) something else entirely. More...

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Calculator

Calculator
It seems like an odd use of billions of dollars worth of technology, but Google can now be used as a calculator. "To use Google's built-in calculator function, simply enter the expression you'd like evaluated in the search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button. More...

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The E-book vs the Ordinary Book

The E-book vs the Ordinary Book
The latest IFETS discussion paper is out and the criticism has already started, one writer commenting - accurately - that the article is nothing more than a series of unsubstantiated assertions. More...

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Searching For the Personal Touch

Searching For the Personal Touch
This article is unfortunately vague, but the upshot is potentially important: companies have launched in 'stealth mode' that offer the potential for personalized search. Great in concept, this is hard to do well. More...

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Gestalt and Typography

Gestalt and Typography
The concepts of proximity and similarity play major roles in my own theories of cognition and therefore of learning in general. More...

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The Perils of Cutbacks in Higher Education

The Perils of Cutbacks in Higher Education
I don't want to sound like Chicken Little, but can you see the crisis coming? It is still far away from a break point, however, the combination of declining funding and rising tuition is creating a situation which, like that of an overflowing dam, will burst 'all of a sudden' on the higher educational community. More...

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All Over For Blogs?

All Over For Blogs?
Weblogs won't disappear because, of course, websites won't disappear. But the hype will ebb and I would say that the number of active blogs will be cut in half over the next six months to a year. Articles will start noticing the glut of abandoned blogs and the format will recede into the background. More...

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Uni Staff PCs scanned for MP3s

Uni Staff PCs scanned for MP3s
Staff computers at the Queensland University of Technology are being scanned for MP3 files as a consequence of legal action undertaken by the music industry. Several Australian universities were also taken to court earlier this year and forced to give investigators access to networks and back-up tapes. More...

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Providing eLearning Opportunities to Students and Adult Learners

Providing eLearning Opportunities to Students and Adult Learners
I heard some talk about this project while I was in Portugal but it has been mostly below the radar. This article, though, is a nice summary of the Avicenna Virtual Campus, an e-learning bridge from Europe to the nations of North Africa. More...

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